Be the Curator of Your Collection: #3 Patterns
So you’ve gone through your yarn, right? At least you’ve thought about it? Or maybe you’ve done one box or one closet? Next area that really needs to be organized and weeded is your pattern stash. Again, I know that my ideas and tastes and skill level has changed in the last few years and so my pattern stash is out of date. Konmari*** is going to help you here too. So you need to gather your physical patterns that are not paired with yarn already into one place. You will need a binder with dividers or file folders to organize what you are going to keep.
So start sorting. I am suggesting that you go through each pattern and make sure that you have all the pages. If not, toss it! And any pattern that you have outgrown for whatever reason will go into your swap pile.
Then you need to organize the patterns you are going to keep. Which way to organization will make sense to you? Will it be more usable if you have your patterns sorted by yarn weight? You know fingering, DK, etc. Or will you be able to find what you want based on the type of garment it is, such as sweaters, scarves, shawls? I have my patterns sorted by weight. This has made sense for me because as a yarnie, I’m usually looking for a pattern to fit a new yarn that I’ve made. So I think that you need to make your own choice here. After you go through your physical patterns, it’s time for you to tackle your online patterns.
Next, you need to work on your library and queue in Ravelry. What is the difference between your library and queue? Well your queue is your “priority” list. It contains the patterns that you wish to make next. Your library is more general and contains patterns you merely “like” and may not have yarn or plans to make these soon.
Did you know that you can organize your library too? You are able to make what Ravelry calls “sets”. These sets can be anything; yarn weights, garment types, designers, or friends. So that when you are at a show or a yarn store and you’ve found a really yummy yarn, you can pull up the patterns that you have for fingering weight or worsted weight and see how much you might need to make a garment or to even get an idea about what you would like to make with it.
So I went through my library pattern by pattern. I decided if I still loved that pattern and if I still wanted to make it. And if I didn’t, I deleted it. If it was a pattern I had paid for, I downloaded it and added it to my swap pile, then someone will still benefit from my purchase. If I really did love it, I assigned it a set or two to make my library more scanable and usable. I implore you to delete patterns that you’ve outgrown. . If you’re not going to use it, it is just sitting there taking up space and shaming you. I know this seems like a lot of work. But you will feel so good once you organize and weed out what you’ve outgrown.
***Do you know about KonMari? It is a Japanese technique (Click here to see book at Amazon) where you take everything out and hold each item. Does it bring you happiness? Does it spark something inside, like a sense of beauty or creative idea? If you love it, keep it. If not, set it aside.